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Upcoming Victor Sloan solo exhibition:



3 March - 15 April 2017

Opening: Thursday 2 March 2017 at 7pm

© Victor Sloan

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present, BEFORE, an exhibition opening up the photographic archive of Victor Sloan, one of Northern Ireland’s most prominent contemporary artists.

Sloan is known internationally for his visceral art works of images relating to the Troubles. These works are made through a process of intervening directly onto photographic negatives by scoring, scratching and mark-making with a number of materials including pen, paint and bleach.

This new exhibition reveals an excerpt from an extensive but little seen body of archival photographs that Sloan made in the 1970s and 80s in Northern Ireland.   The images document the activities and characters that populated Sloan's daily life; the urban development of his hometown of Craigavon; and the constant and pervasive presence of the political conflict.

For the artist these photographs functioned as a type of preliminary ‘sketchbook’, shaping the distinctive style and thematics he would later become known for. Viewed together as an exhibition they represent Sloan's significant contribution to the tradition of Northern Irish documentary practice.

A limited edition publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition. 

Artist Talk: Victor Sloan In Conversation with Feargal O'Malley Friday 10 March, 2pm

BEFORE is generously supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place
23 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2FF
Tel: +44 028 9023 0965



Victor Sloan: Northern Ireland series published by Café Royal Books, England.

Victor Sloan: Northern Ireland OneVictor Sloan: Northern Ireland Two and Victor Sloan: Northern Ireland Three have been published by Café Royal Books, Southport, England. 

They features photographs taken in Craigavon, Lurgan and Portadown (County Armagh), and Dungannon (County Tyrone), during the 70s and 80s.

Café Royal Books produce publications predominantly documenting social, historical and architectural change.

Their publications are held in public collections, museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, Britain and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Publisher Craig Atkinson said emphasis "is given to work that encourages new ways of thinking about existing material or language which demonstrates the importance of using, documenting, collecting and observing a particular process or thing.”

Café Royal Books has published the work of many renowned documentary photographers including Daniel Meadows, Martin Parr,  Arthur Tress and Homer Sykes

Café Royal Books
Publisher / Editor
Craig Atkinson
+44 [0] 7971 077 406

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Some of Victor Sloan's works: 
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